Opposition criticizes the Govt for not using force against TLP
Under the chairmanship of Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, the Senate convened on Tuesday. “Why no force”.
The opposition comes hard against PTI and accusing them of not controlling the situation by the use of force. In the debate the law and order situation after the Supreme Court’s acquittal of Aasia Bibi.
Minister of IT Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui filed a motion before the debate formally began. He filed to withdraw proposed amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act on behalf of the government. It was approved by the house.
The opposition pushed for a debate on Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) nationwide protests.
“We do not want the state and Constitution to be sullied like this,” the PPP’s parliamentary Leader, Senator Sherry Rehman said.
Further, she said that we do not want to taunt the government but what happened this time is a grave tragedy. The entire nation was at standstill for three days.
“The government was all talk and no action.”
She also said that we will not politic on this but we will demand that the state provide protection to everyone. The state ought to protect the judges. Whether wrong decision or right, the state should be behind them.
Taking over, Senator Raza Rabbani regretted that the country was shut down for three days. He said that Constitutional institutions were attacked.
He said that the Senate ought to address the challenge of this nature but the demand was ignored.
“If parliament itself cannot address a challenge to the Supremacy of the Constitution, then who will?” He asked. “It is compulsory upon us to defend the Constitution.”
Taking over, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidari of the JamiatUlema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) attacked the Judiciary.
He described the judgment of the Supreme Court by saying, “The murder of Justice”. “What took the Supreme Court so long to decide the case?” he asked.
The Minister of State for communication gave some good suggestions and said that “the Constitution accords right to peaceful protest to every citizen.”
Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif said that the opposition will not stand by the government in case of a crackdown on mobs. He said that the Supremacy of the Constitution is the foundation of this country. It should not be disrespected.
“We will not support the use of force under any situation,” Sharif stated in clear words.
Former defense minister Khawaja Asif had warned while saying:
“If the Government proceeds with the policy it has undertaken, it will cause things to worsen.”
The former opposition leader and PPP stalwart Khursheed Shah condemned Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He said that PM was warning protesters to not clash with the state in a televised address. “There was violence in his tone. You cannot bring peace with this tone.”